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‘Hurt Locker’ sweeps Oscars, makes Hollywood history

The Iraq war drama won six Academy Awards, including best film and best director, while Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges were named best actress and best actor

By Bob Tourtellotte  /  REUTERS , LOS ANGELES


The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow battled her way into Oscar history books on Sunday, topping her movie’s best film honor with her own Academy Award for directing to become the first woman ever to earn that distinction.

The low-budget film, which has earned US$20 million at box offices, picked up six awards in all and bested Avatar, directed by Bigelow’s ex-husband James Cameron. Avatar is the top-grossing movie of all time with US$2.5 billion.

In a ceremony that harkened back to old Hollywood with glamour, music and comedy, the gritty drama about a squad of bomb-defusing specialists also secured writer Mark Boal the Academy Award for original screenplay and claimed honors for film editing, sound editing and mixing.

“This really is, there’s no other way to describe it, it’s the moment of a lifetime,” said Bigelow. Backstage, she told reporters that she hoped she was only the first of many women directors to win an Oscar.

Boal highlighted the struggle to make the movie when only a few years ago in Hollywood money for such true-life drama was hard to find after audiences turned their backs on war films.

“This has been a dream, beyond a dream,” said Boal, a journalist who was embedded with US troops in Iraq.

At best, he said, the film’s makers hoped “we would find a distributor and someone would like the movie.”

Avatar walked away with three Oscars, but in technical categories — visual effects, cinematography and art direction.


Veteran Jeff Bridges claimed best actor for playing a drunken country singer in drama Crazy Heart. The son of Hollywood star Lloyd Bridges held his trophy high over his head, looking to the heavens and thanking his deceased parents.

WINNERS - 82nd Academy Awards

Best picture

The Hurt Locker

Best actor

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Best actress

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side


Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Foreign language film

The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)

Supporting actor

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Supporting actress

Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Original screenplay

Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker

Adapted screenplay

Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Animated feature


Animated short film


Art direction

Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg (art direction)

and Kim Sinclair (set decoration), Avatar

Costume design

Sandy Powell, The Young Victoria


Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow, Star Trek


Mauro Fiore, Avatar

Live action short film

The New Tenants

Documentary feature

The Cove

Documentary short

Music by Prudence

Visual effects

Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham

and Andrew R. Jones, Avatar

Sound editing

Paul N.J. Ottosson, The Hurt Locker

Sound mixing

Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett, The Hurt Locker

Film editing

Bob Murawski and Chris Innis, The Hurt Locker

Original score

Michael Giacchino, Up

Original song

The Weary Kind, Crazy Heart


“Mom and Dad, yeah,” he shouted. “Thank you Mom and Dad for turning me on to such a groovy profession.”

Sandra Bullock was named best actress for The Blind Side in a first for the actress once dubbed “America’s Sweetheart” because she won so many early fans in her romantic comedies.

For The Blind Side, however, she took the part of a real-life, strong-willed mother who helps take a homeless youth off the street and makes him into a football success.

“Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?” she joked on the Oscars stage.

She held back tears when thanking her own mother, whom she called “a trailblazer” and major influence in her own life.

“To the moms who take care of the babies, no matter where they come from. Those moms never get thanked,” Bullock said.

Family film Up, one of the best-reviewed movies of 2009, won two Oscars for best animated movie and original score with its tale of an elderly man who ties balloons to his home and flies off on an adventure with a young boy.

Dark drama Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire also earned two Oscars including best supporting actress for Mo’Nique and, in another piece of Academy Award history, adapted screenplay for writer Geoffrey Fletcher, who became the first African American to claim that honor.


Mo’Nique told reporters backstage that in her hair she wore the same gardenia Hattie McDaniel had when she won supporting actress in Gone With the Wind — a trailblazing win because it was the first ever Oscar for an African American.

“I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all she had to so that I would not have to,” Mo’Nique said on stage.

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